The next steps for primary care services

By Paul Gimson MRPharmS, Director for Wales, Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Can primary care be improved? What should be the role of local pharmacies in supporting patients with minor ailments? How could out of hours care be improved? How can Government balance meeting local needs and delivering access to healthcare of equal range and quality between the 7 Local Health Board areas?  These were the questions I was asked to address at a conference held in Cardiff today. Read more The next steps for primary care services

Patient Safety Programme in Scotland

By Annamarie McGregor, Professional Support Pharmacist for the RPS in Scotland

As part of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s commitment to medicines safety, the Local Practice Forums in Scotland have each been looking at specific elements of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP).  The discussion held at RPS on the 7th December linked in with the current work programme of the Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) and the implementation plans of their Strategic Plan in Secondary care. The ways in which this can be rolled out in Primary Care was a great incentive for all sectors of the Scottish pharmacy profession to come together and get involved in this debate. Read more Patient Safety Programme in Scotland

Getting to know our new MSPs

By Iain Brotchie, Head of External Relations (Scotland) at Royal Pharmaceutical Society

At the last Scottish Parliament election in May, over 40% of the MSPs who were elected had never served in the Parliament before. For many of them, there is low awareness of what pharmacy does these days beyond dispensing. Other services on offer, and other sectors of the profession, are a mystery to many of the new intake. Read more Getting to know our new MSPs